UPDATED: A Guide To Eco-Friendly Cleaning Practices


As we continue through this pandemic, it’s important that homeowners keep

 highly touched areas and surfaces in their home clean and disinfected. This is especially true during the winter months, when more people generally get sick. However, when it comes to cleaning natural stone, your everyday cleaner might not be the best choice. 

Natural stone can get damaged by using incorrect cleaning products on the surface. It is a good idea to go over with your client what they should be using on their new natural stone countertops to be sure that they don’t damage the stone or the seal. There are a couple different things to keep in mind when choosing the correct cleaning products for the stone that is chosen. 

As one of the leading natural stone distributors in the Midwest, our team at Firenze International is dedicated to updating you on all things regarding natural stone surfaces. Below, we go over some tips to pass along to your clients that will help them use eco-friendly strategies when cleaning their natural stone surfaces. 

About your stone

When you are trying to figure out what cleaning products will be needed for the stone that is chosen, there are a few questions you should ask in order to be sure you are using the right products. Certain stones may need certain cleaners that others don’t. Here are the questions you should ask before helping your client decide on their cleaning products:

  • What type of stone do they have and is it porous or non-porous? 

  • Is the stone resistant to staining, etching and scratching? 

  • What kind of finish is one the stone?

About the cleaning needs

After you have determined everything you will need to know about the client’s stone, you should figure out what exactly their main cleaning problems will likely be. This can help you figure out what products would work best on that surface. Here are some examples of cleaning problems:

  • Normal wear and tear 

  • Oily surfaces

  • Chemical spills

  • Dirt and debris build-up

Eco-friendly products

We think that eco-friendly products are the best way to clean your natural stone surfaces and they are much better for the environment than traditional cleaners. Here is what they typically offer

  • No harsh chemicals

  • Biodegradable

  • No toxins

  • Recyclable packaging

  • Water-based


The best way to ensure your client’s natural stone stays in good condition is to be sure they know exactly how to take care of it. Be sure to have them use eco-friendly and non-harsh cleaners when cleaning and to wipe them down regularly with a soft cloth to prevent build up of grit and dirt. 

Natural stone isn’t worth the investment if it is not properly taken care of. Use this guide to better educate your clients on the best and most eco-friendly ways to clean and maintain their natural stone surfaces. 

As one of the largest natural stone distributors in the Omaha, Nebraska area, Firenze International is here to help you find the natural stone slabs your clients want and need. Give our natural stone distributors a call today to learn how we can help in your next project! 


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